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Haas Europe opens first HTEC in Niedersachsen, Germany

“This HTEC is an important step to counter the skills shortage in the Harz district,” she said. “For both the school and the region, this opening is a milestone in the training of qualified specialists in the art of CNC.”

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Zaventem, Belgium. October 14, 2011: Haas Automation continues to widen its innovative HTEC (Haas Technical Education Centre) programme across Europe with the grand opening of the first Haas-equipped, state-of-the-art teaching facility in the northwestern German state of Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony).

Opened on September 6th, 2011, the new HTEC, equipped with a Haas ST-10 CNC Turning Centre and Haas Mini Mill, is located at the BBS Goslar-Baßgeige/Seesen Berufsbildende Schulen (Vocational Training Centre) in Goslar, some 60km southeast of Hanover.

“Those who want to predict the future should start by shaping the future themselves,” is how the principal at BBS Goslar, Mrs. Frauke Keck-Pergner, emphasised the importance of the new, industry-education partnership with Haas Automation and the local Haas Factory Outlet (HFO): ARO-tec. “This HTEC is an important step to counter the skills shortage in the Harz district,” she said. “For both the school and the region, this opening is a milestone in the training of qualified specialists in the art of CNC.”

Mr. Mark Otto Brinkmann, representing the BBS metal technology department, said the education establishment is on a mission to train young people to meet the demands of both their careers and also their lives.  “With an HTEC at our school we can better accomplish this mission,” he stated. “Our students and trainees are now getting the opportunity to experience all the steps of an engineering project, from initial concept to finished product."

Manufacturing is a large part of the regional economy in Niedersachsen. “Volkswagen, for example, has five production plants with the state’s borders, while aerospace, shipbuilding and steelmaking are also prominent,” ARO-tec’s managing director Mr. Roland Lebioda stated “This HTEC is the start of what we hope will be many fruitful connections between BBS and those Haas customers.”

Mr. Tobias Dahnke, director of the industrial/precision engineering teacher team, is also looking to the benefits of the growing network of HTECs. "We will now strive for future student exchanges with other HTECs around Europe, a strategy that will provide our students with extended technical and communication skills – the perfect platform for an international career.”

Alain Reynvoet, general manager at Haas Automation Europe pointed out that during the six-month HTEC certification process the BBS staff had clearly demonstrated enthusiasm and commitment towards the students and their career opportunities. “BBS Goslar-Baßgeige/Seesen is an excellent model for CNC manufacturing departments at other schools in Germany and beyond,” he concluded.

 

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